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Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos Paperback – December 1, 2013
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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These are people who live in the midst of unexploded ordnance: Noi, who was working in the fields when a bomb went off, leaving shrapnel embedded in her face Lee Moua, a village blacksmith, who makes tools from harvested explosives Joy, a twelve-year-old boy with a metal detector who uncovers and sells scrap metal that could kill him, earning less than fifty cents a pound for his discoveries Ta, who says she lives in “a town of UXO” and whose son died while searching for its bounty Lue Ha, who lost his sight in an explosion and now is a blind masseur
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These are statistics: “To this day, Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth. All told, the U.S. military and its allies dumped more than 6 billion pounds of bombs across the land—more than one ton for every man, woman, and child in Laos at the time. American forces flew more than 580,000 bombing missions, the equivalent of one raid every eight minutes for nine years…Among all the ordnance dropped were 270 million cluster-bomb submunitions, tiny “bombies” that were packed by the dozens or hundreds into canisters and casings designed to open in midair, scattering baseball-sized explosives across areas as large as a football field. Millions of submunitions fell into forests, where many lodged into treetops and scrub brush. It can take decades for something to jostle them loose. Bombies are the most common form of unexploded ordnance in Laos today.”—Karen Coates, who, with photographer Jerry Redfern, spent more than seven years traveling through Laos, finding the stories of people who do their best to live with death beneath the land where they farm, make their homes, and raise their children.
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However reader will soon realize, the book is a little anti war as well as anti American for the damage the bombings have done. This is based on the writing style of the author.
I eventually got through the book but have developed some guilt for my contributions to this war.
You can read the full back-story elsewhere --- all the gory, scary details about just how many bombs were dropped on this poor Southeast Asian country during the Vietnam War ---- but suffice to say all these decades later the UXO, or unexploded ordinance, still present a danger to the people of Laos. But this isn't a book that bombards you with a bunch of statistics. Karen Coates not only presents the facts and figures of the horrific bombing, but her deft and empathetic reportage takes you inside the lives of the people in various villages and towns around Laos, ones whose lives have been permanently affected by the bombs, and shows you how they cope with this continuing nightmare.
The other fascinating aspect to this book are Jerry Redfern's stark Black & White photos; showing everything from the various types of UXO found around the country, to the men, women, and children who have been scarred ---- both physically and emotionally --- by these "found objects." All these years, all these decades, later, these unexploded bombs continue to threaten the people of Laos. Yet another shameful legacy of the American government.